We received a warm welcome when we arrived and were promptly offered a watermelon juice and shown around the villa, they explained where everything was and how the entertainment system worked - and if you need their assistance for anything you just ring a buzzer. The staff were excellent, very discreet but available if you need anything.
The outside area is stunning because of the view, we loved it - even though we had clouds in front of the volcano for the majority of our stay. The infinity pool is brilliant, I spent a lot of time lounging in the pool and took hundreds of photos.
Inside there is a large living room which has a movie style screen - we watched a couple of movies in the evening. There is a small fridge to store cans of drink (your not allowed access to the kitchen). There is a large bedroom with a massive comfy bed (no mosquito net) we slept well. And the main bathroom is off the bedroom - large jacuzzi and a shower, however I found the water pressure to be very poor.
You can have dinner at the villa - let them know what you want during the day and what time you want to eat, and they will order it from a local restaurant, they serve it up beautifully and it was delicious! We loved loved loved the food we had here. (Nasi Goreng, Balinese Spiced Chicken, Chicken Curry, Mee Goreng). We also tried the chocolate fudge which was very sweet but very nice.
There isnt much nearby so its probably best if you have a scooter. We walked into Sideman - its about 15 minutes to the first shop, another 5 minutes to the main shops by the police station, and then another 10 minutes of so to restaurants. So quite a long walk in the hot heat!
You can hire a scooter from the villa and Tio or the other staff will go collect it for you.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here, it was the perfect place to relax for a couple of days and I just loved lounging in the pool watching the clouds pass by the volcano.
Note- Our taxi driver struggled to find the villa, look for the sign that says Villa Patal (thats its old name) and beware its up a steep hill.
We stayed there for the honeymoon. The views there are for real the best in bali, the villa is very private, the pool is really cool, the villa is well equipped and the service "Tio" was a dream coming true. You text him all what you need either for food or driver preparation and he would take care of it all. The home theater made our nights. I loved there
This is a magical place with the best view of Mt Agunng in Sidemen Valley. Time here flows peacefully, marked only by the changing nuances of the clouds moving with the rhythm of traditional balinese chants.
Thanks to the adorable Tio and his crew, we had an amazing time having the opportunity of joining many incredibly activities such as climbing Mt Agung and practicing yoga with with Mangku Mastra, a holy man from Sidemen (wonderful experience for me) to connect with the truly spirit of the valley.
The Villa with its infinity pool as well its infinity window in the bathroom watching from the big circular jacuzzi towards the garden it is just the most enjoyable part of the escape. You feel like you could chill there out for ever.
Highly recommended for an escape off the beaten tracks!
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Having been to Bali a few times we wanted something different to explore and this villa caught our eye for the views and the fact that David Bowie has stayed there!
The pictures do not disappoint - it is more spectacular in real life watching the changing weather against Mt Agung. From the amazing infinity pool you get to hear Balinese prayer and singing from the local village and don't miss sunrise to watch the magical valley mist rising and changing colours of the mountain.
The furnishings are a beautiful mix of traditional and modern and we even watched a movie on a huge projector screen. The second bedroom is a little small so would reccommend for romantic getaway for one couple only.
If comfortable would recommend hiring a scooter to explore the beautiful rice paddies and villages around, including Sideman itself with great local warungs and rice paddies against mountain backdrops. I would never consider riding in Seminyak - Kuta area but it was much quieter here. We rode to Pura Besakih - the largest temple in Bali and it was well worth it.
Great for those looking for the 'real' Bali, peace, relaxation and beautiful views.
Villa Sidemen was exactly what we were looking for. A place to relax, with peace, tranquility and solitude. We arranged a hotel pick up through Tantio and had a driver waiting to pick us up at the airport for 40USD. The drive is about 2 hours from the airport. Upon arrival at the property we were greeted by Tantio and the other staff. We were provided with a tour of the property which was exactly as the pictures showed. The view from the outdoor living area, pool, bedroom and bathroom was breathtaking. Meals can be ordered at the accommodation, they are well priced and delicious. A main meal cost around 95,000IDR. The staff were wonderful, and our privacy was respected throughout our stay. We had a cooking class arranged through the accommodation, we were taken to a local market, then to a local village picking foods from local farms to use in our cooking. The class was small and intimate and the food we made was delicious. The company was called Green Kitchen Cooking class. I would recommend to bring your own toiletries, while there are products available, they were not individual products and there was no conditioner. Maybe individual products could be something they could look into. The villa is 2 bedroom however there is a vast difference between the size of the room and the view out the window (basically the second bedroom has no view). You have no access to the kitchen during your stay, there is a mini bar fridge if you wanted to bring anything along that needed to be kept cold. Villa Sidemen is an amazing accommodation, clean and quiet with spectacular views your never want to leave.
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